L'Al-Sadd s'ha imposat a l'Espérance / FOTO: FIFA.COM

FC Barcelona knows who they will have to face in the semifinal of the Club World Cup in b. Their rival will be Al-Sadd, who beat Espérance (2-1) in the quarterfinal this Sunday. The champion of the Asian Champions League scored in the 33rd minute through Al Khalafan. At the start of the second half, Koni scored the second. Espérance managed to pull within a goal of Al Sadd after Darragi scored in the 60th minute, but the Tunisian’s reaction came too late and Al Sadd clinched their spot in the semifinal.

Who is Al-Sadd?

Al-Sadd was founded in 1969, it is one of Qatar’s oldest clubs. They haven’t lifted the League title in four years, but they are reigning champions of the Asian Champions League. To qualify for the Club World Cup they had to play in the pre-qualifier phase. They reached the final (with a balance of eight victories, four draws and two defeats) where they beat South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in a penalty shoot-out.

The team from Doha have won 30 titles, 11 of which are Qatari League titles. Al-Sadd’s manager is the Uruguayan, Jorge Fossati, who also trained River Plate of Montevideo, Peñarol and the national sides of Uruguay and Qatar. The squad boasts veterans and younger players. Niang, who was part of Marseille’s title winning team in France, and Keita, also an ex-champion in France with Lyon, are the team’s two standout players.